Viqarunnisa Noon School and College

Viqarunnisa Noon School and College (Bengali: ভিকারুননিসা নূন স্কুল এন্ড কলেজ) is an all-girls higher secondary school and college in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It has 25,000 students at four campuses in the city. It is named after Viqarun Nisa Noon.

Viqarunnisa = ভিকারুননিসা নূন স্কুল এন্ড কলেজ
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Coordinates23°44′33″N 90°24′26″E / 23.7425°N 90.4071°E / 23.7425; 90.4071Coordinates: 23°44′33″N 90°24′26″E / 23.7425°N 90.4071°E / 23.7425; 90.4071
Information
TypePrivate
MottoLight Through Learning
Established1952 (1952)
PrincipalKamrun Nahar[1]
classes1-12
GenderFemale
LanguageBengali and English
CampusNearly 10 acres and new campuses have been made in Bailey Road, Dhanmondi, Ajimpur and Boshundhara
Color(s)  White and   sky blue
AccreditationBoard of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Dhaka
YearbookNoon Probaho
Websitevnsc.edu.bd

HistoryEdit

The school began as Ramna Preparatory School in 1947.[2] Austrian Pakistani social worker Begum Viqar un Nisa Noon, wife of the then-governor of East Pakistan, Firoz Khan Noon, was impressed when she visited in 1950. With her support the school moved to its current Baily Road location, where it was renamed in her honour.

It expanded very soon to a high school and, in 1956, prepared students for the Senior Cambridge Examination.[3]

In 1978, it started a college section with higher secondary courses.[4]

CampusesEdit

 
Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, Main Campus, 1/A, New Bailey Road, Dhaka - 1000. Gate no. 1.

The main campus in Bailey Road covers about 6 acres of land. With growing admissions, the school eventually introduced multiple sections, afternoon shifts, and three branch campuses in Dhaka at Dhanmondi, Azimpur, and Bashundhara.[3] Dhanmondi Address: House No.6, Road No.8, Dhanmondi R/A, Dhaka-1205. Bashundhara Address: Road No.6, 181/F, Bashundhara R/A, Dhaka.

CurriculumEdit

There are English version and Bengali-medium courses of study in three programmes: humanities (only Bengali - medium), science (both English version and Bengali - medium), and business studies (both English version and Bengali - medium). As of 2012, the school had 650 teachers.[3] Enrollment is more than 30000students. Only girls are admitted.[5] The school and college section admits students from all branches of the school and from other areas of Bangladesh.

ControversyEdit

CorruptionEdit

The Ministry of Education removed Principal Faugia Rezwan for allegedly making an "offer" to an official.[6][7]

Sexual HarassmentEdit

A teacher of Viqarunnisa, Parimal Joydhar, sexually assaulted a Class X student and recorded her on his phone.[8] He also threatened her by saying he would release the recordings on the internet. The victim wrote complaints to school authorities, but they did not take any steps. This led to massive criticism and caused protests.[9][10][11] The teacher was sentenced to life imprisonment on 25 November 2015.[12][13]

Suicide of Aritry OdhikariEdit

A ninth grade student, Aritry Odhikari, committed suicide after being insulted by school authorities.[14][15][16] This incident received nation-wide attention[17] and sparked protests.[18][19] Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said the incident was "painful and tragic".[20] A probe by the Ministry of Education found various irregularities within the school administration.[21] Two teachers were indicted by the court.[22][23] Arrest warrants have been issued against them.[24][25]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Message from Principal - Viqarunnisa Noon School & College". vnsc.edu.bd. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  2. ^ "1st reunion of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College in 63 years". bdnews24.com. 26 December 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Begum, Rokeya Akhter (2012). "Viquarunnesa Noon School and College". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  4. ^ "Viqarunnisa Noon College silver jubilee". The Daily Star. 19 July 2003. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Welcome to Viqarunnisa Noon School & College". Viqarunnisa Noon School & College. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Viqarunnisa Principal Faugia Rezwan removed on corruption charges". Dhaka Tribune. 29 December 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Viqarunnisa principal Fouzia Rezwan removed from post, made OSD". The Daily Star. 30 December 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  8. ^ "Police showed extreme inefficiency, negligence: Court". The Daily Star. 25 November 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  9. ^ "Viqarunnisa rape scandal: Victim to testify in camera". Dhaka Tribune. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  10. ^ "Human Chain Demanding exemplary punishment for the perpetrator of Sexual Harassment of the Student of Viqarunnisa Noon School". www.brac.net. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  11. ^ "Students skip class, protest". The Daily Star. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  12. ^ "Viqarunnisa teacher Parimal gets life in rape case". The Daily Observer. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  13. ^ "Former Viqarunnisa Noon School teacher Parimal gets life in prison for raping student". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  14. ^ "Insulted by teachers, Viqarunnisa student commits suicide". New Age. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  15. ^ "Ninth-grader kills herself in capital". The Daily Star. 4 December 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  16. ^ "Viqarunnisa student 'kills self' for 'scolding' by teachers". Prothom Alo. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  17. ^ "Enraged". The Daily Star. 5 December 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  18. ^ "Viqarunnisa student's suicide sparks protests". Prothom Alo. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  19. ^ "Viqarunnisa student suicide: Demonstration in front of campus". Dhaka Tribune. 4 December 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  20. ^ "Nahid: Suicide of Viqarunnisa student is 'painful and tragic'". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  21. ^ Billah, Masum. "Irregularities at Viqarunnisa exposed following student's suicide". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  22. ^ "Death of Aritry: 2 Viqarunnisa teachers indicted". The Daily Star. 10 July 2019. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  23. ^ "Two Viqarunnisa teachers indicted over Aritree suicide". Prothom Alo. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  24. ^ "Aritry suicide: Arrest warrant issued against 2 VNSC teachers". Dhaka Tribune. 23 August 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  25. ^ "Aritree suicide: Arrest warrant issued for two Viqarunnisa teachers". Prothom Alo. Retrieved 30 December 2020.

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